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The Story Behind the Christmas Lights on Stonewood Drive

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The Story Behind the Christmas Lights on Stonewood Drive

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Please note that my sons light show runs every year.https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/remembering-the-christmas-star/. check out this link

Many years ago our home on Lake Ave. East in Carleton Place was abuzz with Christmas lights. My late husband Angelo spared no expense to ‘entertain the neighbours’ during the festive season. Every year was a new plan, new lights, and my youngest son Perry was always by his side through snow, sleet, and bitter cold.

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In February of 2014, Angelo died of colon cancer, and when December of the same year  rolled around Perry decided to keep up his Father’s tradition at his own home off the 9th line in Beckwith. They called it Sophia’s Animated Christmas Light Show named after their 3 year-old daughter Sophia who was born 6 months after Angelo died.

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I guess I never understood why my family seemed to own half of the Carleton Place Canadian Tire and Home Depot Christmas light section when Angelo was alive, but when I saw that Perry used over 33,000 Christmas LED lights in his display this year I stopped getting “my tinsel in a tangle” and wished Perry’s Father could see how far our youngest son has progressed in becoming a Christmas Lighting Wizard. So, when you see the light display this year just off the 9th line, now you know the rest of the story– that it just isn’t another Christmas light show– it is a son’s love for his father reflected in each Christmas light.

Sophia’s Animated Christmas Light Show –267 Stonewood Drive, Carleton Place every night from 6-9pm (off the Beckwith 9th line)– It’s off Country Lane estates drive,,. there is no light so drive slowly and go right to the end of the road. You can’t miss it

33,000 Lights– The moment we’ve all been waiting for. . . . Sophia’s Animated Christmas Light Show will debut tonight ( Saturday December 9th ) at 6pm. The light show will be on EVERY night from 6-9. This year we have over 33,000 yes that’s right thirty three thousand LED bulbs. Don’t forget to tune into 88.3 Griswold FM.  Don’t be shy to stick around and listen to the roughly 15 holiday songs that are synchronized to the light show!! 

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In Memory of The Man Who Loved Christmas

The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories

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The Hopetown General Store– Looking for Memories

 

Hopetown is a “compact rural community” in the former Lanark Township in Lanark County in eastern Ontario, Canada. Since 1998 Hopetown has been located in the municipality of the Township of Lanark Highlands

The first settler in Hopetown, originally Currie’s Mill, was Robert Cannon and as Jennifer E.Ferris told me in 1863 the General Store was once owned by Robert Cannon,  who had a cooperage and was the hotel owner where the General Store now is”.

Hopetown could have been named after the Earl of Hopetown, who was a colonel in the 42nd Royal Highland Blackwatch Regiment, but I think I like the most popular theory. Mr. Currie, who bought some of Robert Cannon’s holdings enjoyed saying “I hope so” when folks asked him if he could grind them a grist. Hopetown was always hoping to become a town and I think the village was built on ‘hope’.

 

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Hopetown Blacksmith shop from the 1984 book Lanark Legacy by Howard Morton Brown- Have you read it?

 

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I was fortunate to meet Tracy from the B & T General store in my quest to find out about the McDougalls. Great great gal. I am hoping people have memories of the General store past and present so generations can read them down the line and know how great rural life was.

 

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 Glenda Mahoney--We used stop at the Hopetown store on our way to visit family. Small world for sure. We always stopped in Hopetown to buy a glass bottle of coke. We could hardly wait to finish the soda so we could fill the empty bottles at a little natural spring. The water was the real treat. We thought our dad was magic because we were able to drink this outdoor water. I think it was located in the French Line area. Water came out of a rock crevice.

My brother remembers the spring as well but only remembers it was on a side road off of 511. It ran down from the top of a hill through a crevice in the rocks and could be accessed from the side of the road. Invisible unless

 

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Cathy Doe —Great breakfasts and excellent pizza. I would be lost out here in the middle of no where, without this store!

Whatever I forget to buy in town, I can get here from the nicest people you could ever meet. Some one complained about the prices, would you rather spend an hour of your time and gas to go back to town, Duuh ? These good people do not have the buying power of Walmart– so please think about that.–David Munro
I agree David.. always support local!
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Alexander Clyde McIntyre b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, Ontario d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, Alberta m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, Ontario photo: Bassano Alberta, 1925
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b. Dec 14 1849 in Hopetown, Lanark, ON.
d. Aug 22 1930 in Bellvue, AB.
m. Sarah Ann Smith, Dec 18, 1881 in Lanark, ON.
photo: Bassano AB., 1925 from Soul Passages

The government offered 100 acres of land to each emigrating family, free passage, and provisions for their first year of settlementOrganization for transport and housing was apparently chaotic, and even given the pressures of hunger and unemployment, initially there were relatively few takers of that offerEventually, however, several thousand settlers, mostly Scottish, braved the more or less non-existent roads, the blackflies, the uncertain weather conditions and the isolation, and took up land allocations in what is now the Lanark area.

It wasn’t till the 1830s, however, that Hopetown itself was settled by Europeans. Many of those settlers had first lived in Quebec, and thenafter the political upheavals of 1837, looked to the newly opened land in this area as a place to re-establish themselves. The town had a school, a church, and a cemetery – and it was at the centre of a rough road network that connected many isolated communities. Given the difficulties of transportation in those days, Hopetown became the central burial place for people from all over the district.

So that explains one mystery: why such a small community has such a large cemetery. The question of how the place came to be called Hopetown, however, remains unanswered: did those early settlers ‘hope’ for growth? Did someone baptize it Hopetown in the depths of a dark winter, to ward off depression? –Middleville Museum

 

 

 

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Lot 645, Canada 1800s Lanark County postal history, sold for $920

Lot 645Lot 645 Lanark County Collection, 1823 to Modern on cards and cover in a shoe box, with a few hundred items. A good starter collection which includes Carleton Place 1837 double circle money letter, Franktown 1847, Hopetown 1845, Lanark from 1845, 1882 and 1887 as well as 9 Perth items 1823-1854. Also early items from Ramsay, McDonalds Corners, Pakenham and Poland. Mostly fine or better. Inspect. Estimate $1,000, sold for $800 plus buyer’s premium.

 

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

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Bankruptcy– Robert Greenshield’s General Store of Carleton Place

 

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In Memory of The Man Who Loved Christmas

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In Memory of The Man Who Loved Christmas

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Please note that my sons light show runs every year.https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/remembering-the-christmas-star/. check out this link

This morning I found this picture of my late husband Angelo a few months before he died. Sick as a dog with cancer in 2013, he sat there and directed his troops (Perry and Steph) on how to get the job done.

Our front yard Christmas display at 77 Lake Ave East rivalled the decorating of Clark Griswold in the film Christmas Vacation. It was a giant tribute to Christmas that could be seen for miles. Even though Angelo’s health was quickly deteriorating, he still made sure the house was ready to go that final year.

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I never understood why we owned half of the Carleton Place Canadian Tire Christmas light section–or the mountains of boxes of lights that were everywhere throughout the house. In fact the day I found 85 brand new boxes of lights hidden behind the couch in the study I think I looked something like this.

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To be honest we had stopped decorating the interior of the house in a big way after the fire in 1995. Two years ago, I sucked my heart in and decorated every single room for the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour. Not everyone was behind my decision, but I had to make this effort in his memory.  I knew that the house would never again display his talents and love for the season, and wanted to do it as a tribute for his love of Christmas.

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For anyone that thought Ange just threw lights up every year, you would be wrong. Each display was well thought out, and every year he wanted the latest and greatest. Last week my son asked me what I thought his Dad would be up to this year if he was alive. I lowered my head and tried not to laugh as I knew we would be up to our necks in something that lit up or made noise. Our vestibule looked like the picture above for weeks on end and I finally tried my best to ignore it.

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Now the only thing that is left from his last display is the star and lights around the upper level of the house. I cannot take them down, but yet I can’t seem to turn them on. The only time those lights were lit was Christmas Eve, his birthday and Father’s Day–now the bulbs have all burnt out. As for the interior, the only thing consistent is Angelo’s year round Christmas tree.

After the fire we all remembered the ravaged Christmas tree that stood in a corner, so instead, he put up a giant tree in the TV room and bought music boxes.  That tree has stood there 365 days a year since December 1996 and will never ever come down.

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Traditions do continue, and generations carry on, and I am proud to say that my youngest son Perry carries on his Dad’s love for Christmas–just not in this yard anymore, but at his own home. Stephanie made an official announcement on Facebook, so I guess writing it here isn’t letting the Christmas cat out of the bag. A lot of the lights being used on Perry’s display are from his Dad’s original collection.

Sophia’s Animated Christmas Light Show Begins Tonight!!.. My late husband Angelo Seccaspina used to light up Lake Ave East every Christmas season until he died. But for a few years my youngest son Perry believes traditions do continue, and generations carry on, and he carries on his Dad’s love for Christmas–just not in this yard anymore, but at his own home with over 33,000 lights. A lot of the lights being used on Perry’s display are from his Dad’s original collection.

The tradition begins once again this year TONIGHT- Sophia’s Animated Christmas Light Show Sunday December 16th at 6. The light show of over 33,000 lights will be on EVERY night from 6-9. Don’t forget to tune into 88.3 Griswold FM.

Please feel free to share and spread the word!!

267 Stonewood drive, just off 9th line in Carleton Place.

Merry Christmas ❤️

Thanks Perry–your Dad has not set his course by passing ships, but by the brightness of each and every one of your twinkling Christmas lights. You can read all about this ongoing Hallmark moment  tradition here. In Memory of The Man Who Loved Christmas CLICK — https://lindaseccaspina.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/in-memory-of-the-man-who-loved-christmas/

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May all your troubles soon be gone–the Seccaspina Christmas lights still keep shining on. Thanks Perry–your Dad has not set his course by passing ships, but by the brightness of each and every one of your twinkling Christmas lights.

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Angelo and Axel 2012– In memory of them both.

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Perry 2015

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Perry and Sophia 2015

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Perry 2016– and so it began and like his Father things seemed to multiply.

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Perry 2016– Sophia is the director now– and soon will be running her own show.

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Perry 2016

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Christmas Lights 2012